Gecko Care – possible problems

Gecko Care – possible problems

Here we will outline a few of the possible problems that may arise with your geckos while they are in captivity.

Appetite loss

Loss of appetite can occur for a few reasons, the main one being that it is all natural and the winter months are approaching, it could be that they are entering brumation which is a form of hibernation, during this period the gecko will virtually eat nothing and hide away. As long as the gecko still has a fat healthy tail then there is nothing to worry about. If your gecko looses a lot of weight within a short time period then you should consult your vet, there may be a serious problem and there are common parasites that can cause this to happen.


If a baby gecko eats too much food then they will regurgitate what they have eaten back up, this should not happen too often as after they experience this they usually learn their lesson. Food in the cage that you thought was eaten could of passed through the gecko without digestion, this is a serious problem and your vet should be consulted. When regurgitation occurs often it could also be a symptom of health problems, consult the vet.


Remember that a geckos stools will differ depending on what they are eating and the amount of water they drink. Although you must keep an eye out for any stools that are loose, contain undigested foods, contain blood, are watery as this could be an indication of a more serious problem. The best practice is to take a sample of the feces to your vet to examine for signs of parasites.

Eye infection

It is fairly common for a geckos eye to become infected over the period of its life span. The symptoms are a gentle swelling of the eye, trouble opening the eye or a slight cloudiness inside the eye. They are normally the result of some kind of irritation like dust or a scratch to the eye either from another gecko or from something inside the tank. A qualified vet must treat all eye infections, they will usually take a swab from the eye to determine the best treatment.

Skin infection

You gecko can get a skin infection from walking on soiled substrate or when the ground is damp, signs will usually show on the underbelly like small black or brown spots. Note that skin infections are prone to anywhere on the body, a common area is the toes if all shed skin has not fallen off completely. You should speak to your vet as soon as you notice any of these signs. They will advise you to keep the gecko in a separate housing with paper towels as substrate to prevent any further infection and promote good healing conditions, they may also advise that you treat the infected area with a Neosporin or polysporin.

Respiratory problems

Respiratory infections are known to be caused by excessive cold temperatures, this leads to the immune system suppressing. Signs are usually the gecko having difficulty breathing or showing a gaping mouth. You should contact your vet, ensure the heating equipment is working correctly, you could even try raising the temperature slightly to see if it helps.